In our house, Christmas movies aren’t just for Christmas. We watched The Polar Express at least ten times this summer. Another Christmas favorite of Bug’s is Thomas & Friends: Merry Winter Wish, a Thomas Christmas movie from a couple years ago.
Since we watch Christmas movies all year long, it doesn’t bother me that it’s only 2 weeks into October and we’re already watching the NEW Thomas Christmas DVD, Thomas & Friends: A Very Thomas Christmas. In fact, it makes me all the more anxious for the impending season! In my family…once you clear Halloween, it’s a Christmas free-for-all! Trees can go up before Thanksgiving, Christmas music can be played sparingly and general Christmas giddiness can begin!
In the new adventures on this DVD, Rheneas picks the perfect Christmas tree when he finally stops to smell the evergreen. Charlie knows how fun snow can be and discovers that teamwork-in-the-snow is the most fun of all. Edward gets Salty just what he asked for the perfect story to re-tell — and Emily learns the best way to be Really Useful. Unwrap the holiday adventures with Thomas and his friends and best wishes for a very Thomas Christmas
I’m not one to bash things unnecessarily, but there is one thing I do not like about the Thomas Christmas DVDs and I’ve done some reading online and I’m not the only one bothered by this – and some are way more bothered by it than I am. The Thomas Christmas shows typically refer to the season as the “winter holiday” and use terms like “holiday tree” and “holiday lights”. So if you’re one to be offended by something that’s been riddled through and through with political correctness, you might want to stick to the non-Christmas Thomas DVDs that stick to teaching values.
Personally, how I feel about it has evolved since the first time we watch Merry Winter Wish last year. My child knows why we celebrate Christmas. And when he watches the Thomas Christmas movies, he sees the trees, the lights, Santa, presents and to him that’s “Christmas”. He hasn’t picked up on “merry winter holiday” instead of “merry Christmas” and he still calls the tree a “Christmas tree” despite Thomas calling it a Holiday tree. Now, he’s older this year and he might pick up on some of these things. But instead of forbidding the “politically correct” films from our house, I would prefer to explain it to him. He has to learn that there are people out there that do not believe what we believe. Now, I’m going to stop there because I don’t want to turn this into a religious debate. I believe whole-heartedly in my religious convictions and I’m passing that on to my son. But I’m not going to let it grow into this “us-vs-them” monster. Because it could teach him hatred, or at the very least, disdain, for people who don’t believe what we believe. Which, is the very opposite of some of our core beliefs.
So from our family to yours, I wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS. And we wish Thomas and his friends a MERRY CHRISTMAS as well!
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I received a copy of this film to review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are (clearly) my own!